Immersive Virtual Reality

Immersive virtuality (VR) is the computer-generated simulation that allows users to experience an augmented environment by using head-mounted displays. The simulated environment could be stylized or photorealistic and the user is able to interact with it by moving their head or hands which are tracked by the head-mounted display.

VR can be fully immersive, where the user is unable to perceive the world around the screen, or non-immersive with limited interaction. This is the situation for console video games. Fully immersive VR uses a head-mounted display to show slight variations in the images displayed to each eye, creating a stereoscopic three-dimensional effect with input tracking to create an immersive experience that feels authentic.

The most frequent use of VR is training and rehearsal simulations. It can be used for part-task training (such “buttonology,” where a surgeon learns to push one of a few buttons to accomplish a specific task) or a full motion simulator which trains law enforcement or military pilots or personnel to handle situations that are too dangerous to practice on actual equipment or ordinance.

The immersive VR technology is extremely powerful and it’s important to remember that, although it’s commonly used in entertainment and video games (the most recent game Fortnite produced 1.25 billion dollars for the developer Epic), the potential of this emerging tech goes beyond flying through space in an X-Wing, or fighting off bad guys from behind the back of a dumpster. VR is also becoming popular in the business and industry sector, in particular where the possibility of testing ideas or products in a safe and secure environment can be beneficial.